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Design Inspiration

5 Essentials for a Modern Farmhouse Renovation

Photo Credit: Tina Kruger from Ema Peter Photography

 We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again. Our local design community continues to inspire us and today, we’re excited to introduce Dorothy and Katie as this month’s guest bloggers - or “Team Bozek” - as they’re often affectionately called. Below, take a peek at their stunning modern farmhouse renovation. 

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Located in the coveted West Vancouver area, this modern home was built with a farmhouse ‘flavour’ in mind. The homeowners had the goal of creating a dual purpose space that felt like a home, but that also served as an ‘office space’ for visiting clients - and we couldn’t wait to dive in to help furnish it!

This unique home, dubbed ‘Kings Residence’ is a one-bedroom, 2,275 square foot home located in beautiful West Van. It’s a new build that combines farmhouse elements with a modern twist. For anyone embarking on a similar farmhouse design, here are our five essential steps to bring any modern farmhouse to life:

A Modern Farmhouse Design 

Keep your practical living needs front and centre 

Before diving into any home renovation, it’s important to imagine the ‘big picture’ and to keep your end goals in mind. In this case, this home needed to be a work AND living space, so this very practical need informed our whole styling process. The clients wanted the home to look and feel modern with some nostalgic farmhouse elements. To achieve this vision, we focused on drawing attention to the sculptural lines of the home while also highlighting the warmth and practicality of a farmhouse feel. By foregoing the traditional farmhouse aesthetic, we instead decorated with a layered and eclectic, yet clean-lined approach that is as functional as it is beautiful.


Combine natural textures with mixed metals

When it comes to finishes, don’t be afraid to mix and match. Our palette for furnishing this modern farmhouse was heavily inspired by a desire to echo the West Vancouver landscape into the architecture and within the interior of the home. Natural textures such as the Jack solid wood dining table, honed matte materials and muted earth tones seen in the made-in-Canada Emery Dining Chairs are accented with black extensively throughout the home to create contrast and interest.

Throughout this modern farmhouse interior, we utilized a mix of metals, patterns and colours to create a relaxed and playful, yet refined and updated feel.


Don’t neglect the outdoor space 

While the interior makeover may be top of mind, your outdoor living area should never be neglected when it comes to designing a home. This modern farmhome’s outdoor space presented a huge opportunity to create an extended, luxurious outdoor living space that could be enjoyed year-round.

We wanted to highlight the outdoor living space to make it feel like a true extension of the main living area - one that was also intimately connected to the interior space. The large sliding doors are a key part of making this happen; we utilized the unique ‘L’ shaped configuration of the modern farmhouse-style home to design a seating area that both feels a part of the courtyard, but also acts as an extension of the interior dining area.


Consider custom furniture to uplevel your space 

As mentioned, our clients work from home so it was important to create a dedicated ‘wing’ for their home-based business. Scale and proportion were driving considerations in the styling of this space, and to ensure we exceeded our clients’ expectations, we turned to Once A Tree Furniture for custom pieces to uplevel the office. By customizing the desks in the workspaces, we were able to incorporate both the clients’ vision and at the same time, create a beautiful workspace that would be practical, too. With plenty of storage in the Miller Sideboard, a custom made-in-Canada Madison Desk on one side and the Xavier Desk by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams on the other, we achieved separate ‘his and hers’ workspaces that felt equal, yet different.

We also added in a luxurious Nash Sofa from American Leather and an equally comfortable lounge chair to create a practical - and stylish - spot to kick back in between clients, too. Without a doubt, the open multi-purpose study/lounge/guest area ended up being one of our favourite spaces in the home, and the custom furniture helped take this space to the next level! 

Collaborate with outside experts 

Renovating, designing and staging a home can be a daunting task if you don’t know where to start. Even with our years of experience in home styling and staging, we continue to learn something new every time we get the opportunity to collaborate with other talented partners in the design community on new projects. On this modern farmhouse design project, we’d like to give a shout out to the amazing partners that helped bring the clients’ dream home to life, including: Synthesis Design Inc., Kennedy Construction, Burritt Bros., CF Interiors, Tina Kruger from Ema Peter Photography (who captured these stunning photos!) and of course, Once A Tree Furniture.

If you’re considering a home renovation or re-design, don’t hesitate to reach out! Get started on your Custom Furniture Inquiry or get in touch with us so we can help you bring your home goals to life. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @onceatreefurniture for more design inspiration and find Dorothy, Katie and the Urban Presentations team on Instagram at @vancouverupstaging 

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Looking Back at 40 Years of Evolution in Business, Home Decor and Interior Design

Photo Credit: Roger Mahler

This summer, we’re celebrating a major milestone here at Once a Tree: 40 incredible years in business! It really doesn’t seem that long ago that my parents, Ann and Sam Nielsen, opened the doors of our very first location on Fraser Street in 1981. Over the last few months, I’ve had the chance to look back on four incredible decades of evolution. Here, I’m sharing my reflections, starting with this one: relationships are the heart of this business. 

Once A Tree Furniture truly wouldn’t be what it is today without all of you. Our dedicated partners, designers, customers and staff are the heart of our company. In fact, one of the best parts of my job is getting to work with some of the most creative and talented designers in the industry, like Victoria McKenney of Enviable Designs, Amanada Evans of Amanda Evans Interiors and Lori Steeves of Simply Home Decorating

My staff - many of whom have been here for 15+ years - are an integral part of the vision and success of this business, and I’m humbled to be sharing this incredible milestone with them. Their dedication and passion for creating beautiful spaces is a true inspiration to me, and they are a large part of the reason that we’ve been able to have one of our most profitable years ever during the pandemic! 

Of course, I also have to thank our amazing, loyal clients - many of whom I count as friends. They are the reason we get to do what we do every single day. Each one of our clients is a central part of our business and our vision and without them, we certainly wouldn’t be where we are today. To our valued clients and friends, my gratitude for your support - especially through this last year - simply can’t be overstated. 

Style is key in this business. In the last 40 years, we’ve seen many different furniture styles and trends come and go. We first opened our doors in July 1981 selling unfinished furniture and today, one of the hallmarks of Once A Tree is our focus on luxury, custom, Canadian-made furniture. Each decade has marked a change and evolution into the business as we know it today, but a few things have stayed the same along the way: our commitment to innovating our products to create unique, liveable spaces and more importantly, our pride in our people and our passion for building long-lasting relationships with our partners, customers, the design community and more. 

These last 40 years have flown by and I can’t wait to see what the next 40 years will bring. Here’s a look back at some of our favourite milestones over the last four decades:

1980s - The beginning of high quality, solid wood furniture

In July 1981, my parents opened our doors for the first time, selling unfinished furniture on Fraser Street.

From the beginning, our focus has always been on selling quality, solid wood furniture. One of our signature pieces from this time was the roll top desk, pictured above. We sold hundreds of these desks!

1990s: Custom furniture makes its debut

A big part of the 90s was our focus on selling quality, Amish furniture - imported all the way from Nappanee, Indiana! In 1993, Once A Tree was featured in our very first magazine article, furnishing a dining room (pictured above). From the fabric valance, to the fabric behind the glass doors, wallpaper along the ceiling and baseboard, and incredibly stylish (at the time!) spoon leg table and bowback chairs, this dining room is a true throwback! 

We also had the opportunity to furnish the PNE Prize Home in 1996 and worked with Sandra Cole on this fun and memorable project. By the end of this decade, we had started to shift away from Amish furniture and began to offer custom made furniture - something we take a lot of pride in to this day!

2000s: Working with new high-end furniture suppliers, including Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

We moved away from unfinished furniture and started selling trendier pieces in the 2000s - including our Arts and Crafts tables and darker stained furniture.

In the mid-2000s, we also introduced Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams to our showroom, a relationship we have truly valued over the years. Mitchell and Bob believed in us and trusted us to be their only distributor (to this day!) in Western Canada. Mitchell truly pushed me to be a better retailer and I’ll never forget the day he told me that I needed to put prices on my website. It was a great decision. Sales skyrocketed and we’ve never looked back!

2010s: Collaborating with top local designers on our Designer Showcase Series

In this decade, we started our Designer Showcase Series partnering with Vancouver’s most talented designers on a showcase series featuring their innovative and creative designs. 

Through the Showcase Series, we had the opportunity to work with and be inspired by fabulous designers like Gillian Segal, Stephanie Brown, Alexis McKay-Dunn and more, helping to bring their incredible visions to life. Of course, the best part of the Showcase Series was always the launch party!

Today: Canadian-made, premium quality custom furniture for any style and aesthetic

Today, one of our favourite offerings is our STUDIO Collection. We proudly offer custom, Canadian-made furniture, much of which is actually custom built right here in Vancouver. Being able to sell furniture that’s designed and built in Vancouver is so important to us because we get to offer the personalized touch we take so much pride in. 

Our goal is always to bring our clients’ visions to life, and custom furniture built locally allows us to take ‘custom’ to the next level by designing and customizing a piece of furniture that fits perfectly into a client’s space. Some of our most popular STUDIO Collection pieces are a favourite of many local designers, including our Linden 2 Dining Table seen in this dining area designed by Amanda Evans Interiors, our Lucca Dining Table featured in this stunning vacation home designed by Architerior Design and our custom Madison Desk in this stylish, yet functional home office designed by Synthesis Design.

From the bottom of my heart, whether you’re a customer, a partner, a designer or a team member, thank you for your support over the last 40 years! Come celebrate with us! I’d like to invite you to visit our showroom to shop our 40th Anniversary Sale! From June 17th-26th. Follow us on Instagram and subscribe to our e-newsletter to keep in touch.

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5 Interior Design Tips for Furnishing Your Vacation Home

Photo Credit: Tracey Ayton 

Do you have a seasonal vacation home or secondary residence? As the weather warms up, we’re probably all - now more than ever before - itching for our next vacation or weekend getaway. With the days getting longer and local travel (hopefully) on the horizon for many of us, we turned to renowned designer, Terry Doyle of Architerior Design, for top tips to keep in mind when furnishing a vacation home. 

Terry himself is a recent Vancouver Island transplant from the Greater Vancouver area and now calls Qualicum Beach home. With years of luxury design experience in his repertoire, keep reading for Terry’s best luxury design tips for getting the most out of your weekend retreat. 

The Vision

Our clients are successful restaurateurs that were preparing to build a contemporary weekend home in Whistler, B.C. where they could relax, enjoy the beautiful and accessible outdoors, while also creating a space to entertain friends and family.

Pick a colour palette that reflects your personality

The first thing our client said to us at the beginning of this project was, “I do not want another white house!” Right off the bat, we knew we were tasked with designing and decorating a home that would bring a warm, lively energy - perfect for relaxing and entertaining.

As a designer, I have to read between the lines to ‘wow’ my clients. Open communication and lively conversation were key to this project, and we easily settled on a cohesive warm colour palette, lots of textures and soft lighting throughout to create an atmosphere of relaxed comfort with elegant sweeping lines. 

Incorporate design elements that reflect the home’s natural surroundings

Whistler is known as a destination spot for its proximity to the outdoors, incredible access to year-round sports and adventure, and of course, natural beauty. I have designed many homes in Whistler, and each time, the natural surroundings dictate what is required for the project. In this home, we utilized lots of natural materials, wood tones and softly coloured timbers. 

We also spent a lot of time on the element of lighting, making it mostly indirect - due to plenty of natural light in the home - and accenting it with a few sculptural pieces. Furniture-wise, we designed custom furniture pieces with Once A Tree to suit the scale of the home and reflect our clients’ personality. In the dining room, for instance, we have a custom, Canadian-made Coast dining table surrounded by the sleek Gage chairs from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.

A vacation home should feel like a luxury weekend retreat

When it comes to furnishing and interior designing a secondary residence or vacation home, our goal is to offer a relaxing, serene environment. On vacation, people are not as likely to be on a tight schedule. Instead, they are taking the time to prepare a special meal to enjoy with a glass of wine, watch a movie with their feet up, sleep in luxurious bedding - the list goes on.

In this Whistler vacation home, we designed with this all in mind. The master bedroom, for instance, features Bernhardt’s Profile bed - perfect for those late nights and late mornings! 

Create a welcoming, central gathering place

In this vacation home, the great room is the heart of the home. Featuring an oversized custom designed and built sectional and a floor to ceiling natural stone fireplace that’s accented with an original painting by local artist Krista Johnson this room is the perfect backdrop for years of memories and family vacations to come. 

In this space, I imagine great food, good conversation, and music by a roaring fire looking out at the mountains. It’s truly a little patch of paradise. 

Design a home that showcases your design aesthetic, but also your family values

Most importantly, a home - whether it’s a vacation home or your primary residence - should always authentically reflect your personality and values. I was inspired by the genuine warmth of this particular family. We ensured open communication and they gave me a great deal of freedom to do my job as a designer. In the end, I was able to introduce them to the world of large scale modern art by local artists - including a selection of original paintings by Ronin Boyle. Not only does the art look magnificent in the space, but it offers a sophisticated, relaxed vibe throughout the home. 

We hope this post and these interior design tips from Terry Doyle of Architeriors Design provided some insight and inspiration into decorating your dream vacation home or making your current home feel like a vacation home. Whether you’re looking for luxury design inspiration for just one room or a whole house, at Once A Tree Furniture, our goal is to help you create a beautiful, liveable space while prioritizing functionality and aesthetic. 

We work with some of the most talented local designers - like Terry! - to help our clients bring their home dreams to life. Get in touch today for more information and for more luxury design inspiration and tips, follow us on Instagram or Pinterest!

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Get Inspired - A quick tour of what is in store for Spring!

Our all-new Spring Collection is now on display. Come into the showroom to get inspired for all your living and home decor needs!

Pair our sleek, 70s inspired Cooper Swivel Chairs from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams with our own made
in Canada Studio Collection Drake Coffee Table


Our Strada Cocktail Tables are designed with a minimalist aesthetic in mind and designed to nest together.
Here, they are pictured with our luxurious Shay Sectional, which can be customized in a fabric, leather, and
other finishes of your choice.


Our Fritz Chair is ideal for indoor or outdoor living, featuring a trendy but timeless rattan mesh frame and luxurious
cushions for ultimate comfort. Here, it's accessorized with our ceramic Tangier Lamp available in an egg shell glaze
or matte black finish.

Create a living space that easily transitions through the seasons with our Studio Collection Jackson Coffee Table
in a customizable wood finish and our popular Versa Sectional designed with style and comfort in mind. The unique
and modern Bistro Chandelier and minimalist Soleil Spot Table complete the neutral, timeless look that easily
transitions your living room from spring to summer and beyond.

Our Finch Cocktail Table is the perfect way to create an outdoor feel all year round. Featuring natural fumed oak
with gold detailing, it makes a luxury statement in a covered outdoor patio or in your living space. 
Our Boise Floor Lamp adds a modern, sophisticated touch.


Featuring an eco-friendly hardwood frame, our Tyler Chairs are as comfortable as they are beautiful. Available in a
wide selection of fabrics and leathers, it will fit into any outdoor or indoor living space.  Also pictured is our hand-woven
wool Cambridge Rug that features a tweed design - the perfect mix of retro meets mid-century modern.

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Tour a Luxurious, New York-Inspired Home Renovation

Photo Credit: Provoke Studios 

It’s not every day you can combine a client’s love for the big city - in this case New York - with the beautiful nature found on the west coast. At Once A Tree, we’re pretty passionate about working with talented, local designers to help bring our clients’ unique design visions to life. The real key is to create truly beautiful, LIVEABLE spaces. Here is a special renovation we just *had* to share. This home is located in the gorgeous British Properties, designed by Reisa Pollard of Beyond Beige.

With great bones, a ton of natural light and a luxurious penthouse feel, take a virtual tour of this beautiful home, that shows that the sky's the limit (literally) when it comes to interior design and vision. Read on for some of Reisa’s innovative design tips and a behind-the-scenes look at this luxurious, New York inspired home renovation from Beyond Beige.

The Vision Our clients wanted to create a unique, penthouse feel while drawing inspiration from their love of New York City.

Understated, but luxurious kitchen vibes

The kitchen is often the heart of the home and for our clients, entertaining was definitely a top priority. Space planning was critical in this luxury home as we were asked to incorporate a secondary kitchen on the Main Floor - while also maintaining most of the existing rooms. 

Our clients wanted the kitchen to be a calm space that wasn’t overly intrusive. We ensured the kitchen design flowed naturally into the seating and family room right beside it, creating an open, accessible entertainment space for any occasion. We also incorporated subtle, but thoughtfully curated details such as a metal inlaid door and a combination of functional, but stylish cabinets - some open for accessibility, and others closed to tuck away anything else they didn’t want on display.

Living + dining rooms with “wow” factor

With entertaining being a priority for our clients , we made sure to keep this in mind as we designed the formal areas, too - including the living and dining rooms. We wanted it to have a “wow” factor - just check out the statement fireplace from Urban Fireplaces featuring custom, Backlit Stone by Vivid Stone - but still functionally entertain family and friends. 

In the living room, the Amara Sofa is as comfortable as it is gorgeous, not to mention the McKinley Chairs that compliment the rest of the space. We furnished the dining room with our luxurious Willow Dining Chairs and a long, airy glass dining table (pictured is the Rossi Dining Table by Bernhardt, which is no longer available) for dinner parties, celebrations, or even just a casual family night in. 

Incorporate natural surroundings as home decor 

Living on the west coast definitely has its perks, and one of them has to be the natural beauty we’re surrounded by. To create a penthouse feel, we made sure to feature the large windows and natural light throughout the home to showcase the beauty right outside. 

In the dining nook, we intentionally selected the Addie Dining Table with an elegant glass top and Remy Dining Chairs customized in a bold, but non-competing shade of blue to highlight the floor to ceiling windows and natural light. It’s truly the perfect place to soak up the sun with a cup of coffee on a weekend morning!

Functional + luxurious home office 

Now more than ever, it’s so important to ensure your home office set up is as beautiful and welcoming as it is functional. In this luxurious home office, we used a dark and moody colour palette that’s completely different from other places in the home. Not only does a completely different vibe ensure your “work life” feels distinct from your “home life”, it’s also undeniably beautiful and designed with maximum productivity in mind. 

In addition to ensuring good lighting was available throughout the room, personal touches like the original painting by local artist Lisa Ochowycz and a custom seat (this is the Margaux Swivel chair) take this home office to the next level.

Utilize textures and patterns to create a luxurious feel 

Finally, throughout the home, we used many different materials, textures and patterns to create an understated, but luxurious feel all the way through. The use of natural slab stone is present in almost every room, and details like the herringbone inlay hardwood floor add to the luxurious vibe. 

Additional details that add a custom feel to this stunning home renovation include wallpaper found on some ceilings, the unique floor patterns throughout with the tile and wood, and layers of different, custom lighting used all over the house.

We hope you enjoyed this virtual tour of a stunning luxury home renovation in West Vancouver designed by Reisa Pollard of Beyond Beige. Whether you’re looking for luxury design inspiration for just one room or a whole house, at Once A Tree Furniture, our goal is to help you create a beautiful, liveable space with your needs and design aesthetic in mind. We work with some of the most talented local designers to help our clients do just that, and we encourage you to get in touch today for more information on how we can help you bring your vision to life! For more design inspiration and tips, don’t forget to follow us and Beyond Beige on Instagram.

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A Minimalist and Modern North Vancouver Home Makeover

Spring is here and there’s nothing like a complete home makeover to signal the start of a new season. Today we’re sharing a beautifully minimalist home makeover by North Vancouver-based designer Lori Steeves of Simply Home Decorating. Lori has an impeccable eye for modern detail and clean lines while incorporating just the right amount of colour. We think you’ll agree that this before and after transformation is ‘simply’ stunning. Take it away, Lori!  

I’m thrilled to be sharing this 1990’s home located in North Vancouver’s Lynn Valley neighbourhood with you! We were tasked with updating and brightening a dated home with great bones, and you’ll see as you keep reading why this modern home makeover on the North Shore turned out to be one of our favourite projects to date. With the high ceilings and open concept layout, this home had so much potential and we couldn’t wait to get started. Read on to see how we transformed this home into a modern and timeless abode for our clients, including some of my favourite design tips and tricks to keep in mind if you’re considering updates to your own home, too.

Functionality is just as important as design aesthetic

With any home makeover, functionality and liveability are just as important to us as the style and aesthetic. The kitchen layout was already open and functional so the updates were mostly cosmetic in this area to modernize it to suit our clients’ design aesthetic. We updated and brightened the kitchen with flat, all white doors, minimal hardware and a solid surface marble-look countertop and backsplash. 

Modern lighting was used to compliment this space and we also updated the flooring with a high-end laminate option that provides durability to withstand our clients’ two golden retrievers but still brings a contemporary feel. 

The kitchen flows into the dining room, and we furnished this area with a custom, made-in-Canada dining table from Once A Tree’s STUDIO collection and Curvo chairs by Trica Furniture to complete the modern, minimalist look.

An open concept living space is the heart of the home

Creating a functional yet modern, aesthetically pleasing open concept living area was extremely important to our clients. There’s plenty of natural light in this room and we brightened things up even more by painting the walls and trims and furnishing the space with lighter-coloured furniture - and one of our favourite pieces is the Ormont Sofa by Canadian-made Marcantonio Designs

 To add elements of contrast and interest to the space, we opted for darker, moodier accent items - like the Clint Cocktail Table, throw pillows and Jaipur rug (which also resembles an abstract painting)!

Create a peaceful sleep environment with personality

Did you know we spend one-third of our lives sleeping?! That’s why it’s always important to us to create a peaceful sleep environment that limits clutter and ensures complete bliss in any bedroom design. We updated the original, darker bedroom with calm and neutral-toned elements that accommodated both of our clients’ personalities and individual design preferences. 

By sticking to a cool, gray palette and utilizing different shades and textures (like this Winston Bed by Canadian maker, Huppe), we achieved a peaceful bedroom filled with thoughtfully curated accessories that add a personal touch - such as the floral throw pillow and white cork and foil wallcovering on the headboard wall for a more feminine vibe, and concrete pendant shades and geometric-pattern throw pillows for a more tailored look. 

Carry the home’s colour palette through to the bathrooms

With two bathrooms, we took the opportunity to create unique his-and-hers bathrooms in this modern North Vancouver home. Continuing on the theme of modern and minimalist design, we opted for a clean, neutral palette to brighten things up. 

To create a bright and airy feel throughout, we incorporated unique, but subtle design elements such as a floating vanity in ‘his’ bathroom and a silver and white cherry blossom wallcovering in ‘her’ bathroom. 

Add personality, drama and colour with curated art

My final design tip - that works for any space - is to curate thoughtful artwork throughout your home. Art evokes emotion and creates conversations, and we love introducing clients to some of our favourite local artists and their work.

In this North Vancouver home, we love this original oversized piece by local artist Miriam Aroeste over the Edward Console just off the open-concept kitchen and dining area. This piece adds colour and interest to an otherwise neutral, minimalist space without overwhelming it. For more tips on how to curate an art collection for your home, check out another blog post I dedicated to this topic here.

We hope you enjoyed this modern home makeover tour by North Vancouver interior designer Lori Steeve as much as we enjoyed sharing it with you! Whether you’re redesigning your whole home or just one room in your house, get in touch with us today and we let us help you simplify the process. For more design inspiration and tips, follow us and Lori on Instagram! 


Before and After.  Modern and Minimalist Home Makeover

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Luxury Design Tips for Small Spaces

It can be challenging to design and decorate a small space. There are many factors to consider, all of which will affect the final product - from the overall look and feel (you don’t want it to ever feel cramped!), to ensuring your design aesthetic and personality shines through. At Once A Tree Furniture, we want to help you bring your vision to life no matter what the size of your home is. 

Recently, we worked alongside interior designer Diane Bissonnette of Design Connection on a stunning, small space transformation for Global News anchor, Robin Gill. Diane has a true eye for design, so naturally, we asked her to share some of her best tips and tricks for achieving a livable, yet luxurious design in a small space - and she definitely didn’t disappoint. Read on for Diane’s tips for interior designing a small(er) space and check out a stunning, behind-the-scenes look inside Robin’s west coast home!

When working with a smaller space, it is important to not feel like you have to let go of all your full-sized furniture pieces. The secret is in how you select them and their color. 


“Light”-en up your dining space

Pick pieces that are ‘light’ looking, instead of heavy or clunky. In Robin’s dining room, we went with a rounded, oval dining table with skinny legs, which helps give a softer look. Similarly, the dining chairs also feature skinny legs, as do the other accent chairs and even the sofa in this space! Elevating furniture on legs helps to create a lighter overall feel in any space.


Don’t be afraid to make a statement

Don't feel afraid of making a statement, even if you are in a smaller space. In Robin’s home, we’ve done this by utilizing bold contrast with black and white, but you can also do this by incorporating more saturated colors. Keep in mind, a splash of colour is all that’s needed, so be careful not to over do it. The black accents here not only help tie in the dining and living area, but also helps to create depth.


Combine function and style wherever possible

In a small space, it’s important to look for ways to incorporate pieces that are both functional and still speak to your style and personal aesthetic. This luxury Hemrik bedside table by Huppe was a great way for us to combine both a look of contrast in the space while also giving Robin some big, bedside drawers for added storage.


Use artwork to make a statement

Don't be afraid to use oversized artwork in a small space! Just because a space is smaller, doesn’t mean you only need to select smaller art. In fact, larger pieces are a fun and original way to add a touch of personality and luxury to any room in your home. Go bold! It makes a space more interesting with stronger statements, and acts as a conversation piece. Just check out the expressive black and white painting found in Robin’s Kitchen by local artist Michael Soltis and this stunning piece from Robin’s own collection centered over our Mix It Up console table by Trica!


Less is more when it comes to accessories

When adding touches of luxury accessories to a smaller space, keep in mind you want to dress it up without filling it up too much. Less is usually more when it comes to accessories to avoid a cluttered look, and one of my favourite tricks is to incorporate contrast to bring those items to life! By adding some neutral, luxury accessories that feature just a subtle pop of colour to Robin's studded black and white dresser above, we were able to warm up the space and add points of interest without creating a cluttered look.


We hope you found these small space design tips from Diane Bissonnette of Design Connection helpful to keep in mind when bringing a smaller space to life! Whether you’re looking for more design inspiration for a small space, just one room in your home, or even a larger custom home project, we’d love to help you create a unique space to enjoy for many years to come. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help and follow us on Instagram for more design inspiration!

 Photo credit: Roger Mahler

Luxury Interior Design for Small Spaces

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Welcome to a Luxury Vancouver House Tour Designed by Enviable Designs

New year, new luxury house goals! At Once A Tree, one of our favourite offerings includes collaborating with local interior designers on design projects of every size and scale. Recently, we had the chance to work alongside one of our favourite award-winning interior designers, Victoria McKenney of Enviable Designs on a stunning, custom home situated in the Shaughnessy neighbourhood of Vancouver.

Our priority is to bring your vision to life whether you are visiting our showroom for the first time or you’ve worked with us many times before. So, that means working with the best in the business. Today, we’re excited to let Victoria take you on a ‘home tour’ of this beautiful Vancouver home that features everything from bespoke furniture with stunning, unique fabrics and luxurious fixtures which enhance and highlight the architectural details throughout the home.

Read on for all the details, design tips and home inspiration from Victoria herself below! 

After working on this home for the past 2 years, I am thrilled to be taking you on a tour of this stunning custom-built Vancouver home and to share with you my thought process and inspiration for the designs. It is always so rewarding to complete a custom home from start to finish, working with the architect and client to create a beautiful space the clients are able to enjoy for years to come.

Living Room

We were greatly inspired by the architecture of the home, in particular the over-height ceilings, beautiful windows and grand scale of the rooms. Every room in the house, including the living spaces, drew upon these classical elements of proportion, scale, and of course a thoughtful selection of materials and furnishings. From the Canadian-made Delano Nesting Tables to the bespoke armchair and original artwork by Vancouver-based artists Miriam Aroeste and Gabryel Harrison, each piece in these rooms was carefully curated for this space.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom of any home, I feel,  should always be a space that lends itself to a serene and relaxing sensibility. Starting by creating some visual interest with architectural mouldings throughout the room, we then  focused on using different textures with warm, inviting colours in the soft furnishings to create a soothing aesthetic. The custom headboard, built by Once A Tree Furniture, echoes the ceiling mouldings and features a beautiful fabric and contrasting piping. Each piece in this master suite was thoughtfully chosen to reflect a timeless and tailored approach to reflect a luxurious sentiment.

Stylish and Functional Home Office

With the changing relevance and importance of a home office in today’s environment, we knew it was of paramount importance to create an organized and serviceable space that also honoured the home’s design aesthetic. The natural light inspired us to design a room focusing on lighter colours and to create different seating areas for reflection. We curated a collection of furniture from Once a Tree Furniture, including the Solange Desk by Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams to allow our clients to feel comfortable and constructive in this home work area.

Luxury Kitchen

I always love designing a kitchen! Clients have such specific requirements that I find the challenge of meeting these needs while creating a beautiful space so rewarding. In this home, the custom cabinetry features a creamy white paint colour and is highlighted with marble countertops and backsplash. Details are always so important in perfecting any room so we included custom door panels, stunning hardware and furniture kicks. What I love most about this room though are the oversized Gustavian pendants finished in a polished nickel and linen shade. 


Open Concept Dining Room

The dining room in this home is completely open to the formal living room and foyer so we wanted to create a colour palette and scheme that tied in seamlessly with the other furniture which is visible throughout the main floor. The bespoke dining chairs featuring two contrasting fabrics is a wonderful detail to add pattern and visual interest without overpowering the room. We designed a large custom table in a richly lustrous finish which added a more modern element to the  room while creating a strong and dramatic moment.    

Quality Home Accessories

One of the most paramount aspects of completing a home is focusing on the attention to detail. For every home we design, we curate a collection of beautiful accessories which we style and arrange throughout to create a layered and truly luxurious feeling. In this home, we did so with a blend of beautiful custom pillows, accent mirrors, original artwork  and thoughtful objet d'art as our final approach to achieve a truly elegant home.

We hope you enjoyed this ‘home tour’ through Victoria’s latest luxury design project! Whether you’re about to start on a one room renovation or a newly built custom home, we’d love to work with you to bring your vision to life. Contact us today for more information on how we help you design a unique, livable, high-end space or follow us and Victoria on social media for more design inspiration!  

Photo credit: Tracey Ayton

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OAT Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Canadian-made Gift Ideas To Elevate Life at Home

Given that we’ve all been spending  extra time at home this past year, it only felt right to compile a gift guide with our favourite gift ideas to help your loved ones upstyle their living space. 

Whether you’re looking for a custom-designed, made-to-order piece for your partner, a timeless, yet minimalist decor staple for a loved one or a splurge item for someone special, here are 10 Canadian-made items that double as crowd-pleasing holiday gifts.

For the ‘shop local’ enthusiast:

Marshmallow Ottoman


Photo credit: Trica Furniture

An ottoman is one of the most versatile pieces in any living space, and one of our go-to recommendations for adding a point of interest. The simplicity of our made-in-Canada Marshmallow Ottoman by Trica is a great, multifunctional addition to a space. Whether it’s used as additional seating, an extra table surface from time to time, or as a foot rest, this understated ottoman is the perfect combination of function and style. Available in a wide selection of fabrics, leathers, and finishes, it’s an easily customizable gift that anyone will love for years to come.

Beam Lamp

Photo credit: Trica Furniture

Know someone that could use a home office refresh? The Beam Lamp by Trica is luxury furniture at its finest. Made in Canada from a combination of metal and solid oak, this lamp is functional and doubles as a piece of art. Available in three different sizes with custom finishing options available, this lamp will make a statement in anyone’s WFH set up. 


For the minimalist:

Misha Chair

Photo credit: Once A Tree Furniture

Looking for a chair that can serve more than one purpose? The Canadian-made Misha Chair by Canadel is stylish, functional, and the best part is, its minimalist design means it can be used in any space. Whether it’s for a dining room, an entry way, or even a home office, the clean lines and elegant design of this chair make this a gift you won’t have a problem finding a home for.


Aroma Accent Table


Photo credit: Union Photographers

This sleek and modern side table is what every minimalist’s dreams are made of. Featuring clean lines and a small footprint, the understated Aroma Accent Table by Trica has the right amount of surface area to display treasured keepsakes while still maintaining a low profile. Did we mention it’s made in Canada? 


For the art collector:

Custom painting by a local artist

Photo credit: Union Photographers

From now until December 23rd, we are featuring a handful of our favourite Vancouver-based artists in our showroom. From the natural, botanical-inspired paintings of Gabryel Harrison and stunning landscapes by Krista Johnson to the abstract paintings of Lisa Ochowycz and Miriam Aroeste, there’s sure to be something unique waiting for any recipient on your holiday list this year. Drop by our showroom to check out the wide selection of art available for purchase. After all, an original work of art is one of the best ways to add character and personality to any space!


For the lovers of luxury:

Jak Bar Cart

Photo credit: Union Photographers

Nothing says hostess with the mostest like a stunning, statement bar cart. While we might not be hosting the usual holiday get togethers this year, a bar cart still promises to be a must-have for any living space. Featuring a multi-tiered design and an antique brass frame, the mobile Jak Bar Cart by Arteriors is functional and beautiful at the same time. Not to mention, the lockable casters make it easy to have a cocktail in any room - so that’s a bonus. It’s 2020, after all. 

For the home chef:

It doesn’t get more thoughtful than small batch, hand made home goods by Tracey Ayton Home. Inspired by seaside living, Tracey Ayton Home is your one-stop shop for the foodie in your life:

 Ceramic Berry Bowl by Ceramist Elise Dufour

Photo credit: Tracey Ayton

These handmade, ceramic berry bowls feature beauty and functionality at the same time. Pierced with holes to allow for air flow, these one-of-a-kind bowls can be used to serve fruit on the table right after rinsing. 

 Pinafore Apron

Photo credit: Tracey Ayton

Every chef needs an apron and these simple, yet beautifully crafted pinafore full aprons won’t disappoint. Available in neutral sand or soft blue, these wraparound aprons are a lovely addition to any chef’s kitchen wardrobe.

 Wood Stand


Photo credit: Tracey Ayton

The perfect “catch-all” for any kitchen! Whether it’s used as a surface for frequently used spices and oils or to display baked goods and other festive treats, this minimalist platform is an understated addition to the heart of the home. Made of pine and available in a white wash stain or warm driftwood, the possibilities are truly endless.

Charcuterie boards by Steelwood Design

Photo credit: Tracey Ayton

Charcuterie lovers rejoice! We have a beautiful selection of Steelwood Design’s locally-made and highly sought-after charcuterie boards as part of our holiday pop-up series. Made from reclaimed wood and featuring timeless, sustainable designs, these charcuterie boards are sure to be a hit - and as a bonus, they act as a unique and beautiful piece of art when they’re not serving up a delicious spread.

From now until December 23rd, we are hosting our first-ever “At Home for the Holidays” Pop-Up Series featuring exclusive gifts and decor by local artists and artisans in our showroom. Participating artists and artisans will be donating 20% of their sales from the pop-up this month to local charities including Covenant House Vancouver, Marine Mammal Rescue Center, and the Vancouver Women’s Health Collective. Please keep in mind, COVID-19 protocols are in place and masks are mandatory while shopping in the showroom. For more information, click here or email us at

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